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Andrew Maguire has a busy chancery-based commercial law practice. He specialises particularly in disputes over the interpretation or breach of contracts, personal guarantees, restrictive covenants, mortgage and trust deeds and joint venture agreements, breach of trust, fiduciary duty and directors’ duties – and cases involving commercial fraud. These include breach of restrictive covenants, confidential material and database theft, freezing injunctions and asset recovery, banking and financial services, insolvency and professional negligence claims (including claims arising out of construction disputes and sale and leasing of land and financial investments).
He is acclaimed in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for chancery and commercial disputes, particularly involving Banking and Financial Services and especially involving financial mis-selling of regulated and unregulated investment products, mortgages and pension products (such as group actions involving Keydata, Arch Cru, Sterling Mortimer and Harlequin). Also, asset recovery both for and against banks; some of which claims have involved judicial review applications and Group Litigation Orders and cross-border claims.
Andrew is frequently instructed on matters involving cross-border enforcement of judgments and freezing, proprietary and anti-suit injunctions and is an experienced mediator and an arbitrator, regularly instructed in cases involving international arbitration and mediation or expert determination.
He has particular experience of exclusive supply contracts involving transport operators and the regulatory aspects of commercial contracts, relating to tendering and procurement matters.
His recent cases have involved:
The scope of fiduciary and director’s duties in joint venture agreements [Miller v Stonier  EWHC 2796 (Ch)]
Misfeasance and wrongful trading claims against company directors [Power v Hodges  BPIR 162]
Acting for the bank in a claim relating to duties of disclosure on a without notice freezing injunction [Cole v National Westminster Bank  EWHC 992 (Ch)]
The interface between regulatory duties and enforceability of contracts under FSMA 2000 [Personal Touch Financial Services Ltd v Simplysure Ltd  EWCA Civ 461]
The extent of an “all monies” guarantee [National Merchant Buying Society v Bellamy  EWCA Civ 452]
Collateral warranties [Thinc Group v Armstrong  EWCA Civ 1127] and
Penalties in contempt proceedings for breaching freezing injunctions [Thursfield v Thursfield  EWCA Civ 840].
Commercial & Chancery
Andrew has a commercial chancery-based business law practice, specialising particularly in disputes relating to the interpretation or breach of most types of commercial contract, personal guarantees, mortgage and trust deeds and joint venture agreements, claims for breach of trust, fiduciary duty and directors’ duties and cases involving commercial fraud including breach of restrictive covenants and trade secrets/confidential material and database theft, freezing injunctions and asset recovery, banking and financial services, and professional negligence claims (including claims arising out of construction disputes and sale and leasing of land and financial investments).
Andrew is frequently instructed on matters involving cross-border enforcement of judgments and anti-suit injunctions.
He has been instructed on various cases involving mis-selling of financial investments and pension products (such as group actions involving Keydata, Arch Cru, Sterling Mortimer and Harlequin); some of which have involved judicial review applications and Group Litigation Orders and cross-border claims. Andrew was instructed on the judicial review of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme’s decision to levy £32 million on independent financial advisers, which is reported as R (on the application of ABS Financial Planning Ltd and others) v Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd reported at  2 BCLC 267 and more recently in a claim against the Financial Ombudsman Service in relation to a decision to decline jurisdiction in a pension review claim.
In addition, Andrew is very experienced in disputes involving intellectual property rights and copyright disputes as between commercial co-adventurers, such as financial advisers, on the breakdown of joint ventures, relating to clients and trail and renewal commissions.
Frequently, Andrew is instructed on contested disclosure applications, involving trusts and offshore accounts [Thursfield v Thursfield  EWHC 3742 (Ch), which involved a contested application for a North Shore Ventures Order relating to a Bahamian trust].
Recent cases have involved the High Court considering the scope of fiduciary and director’s duties in joint venture agreements to each other as well as the JV company [Miller v Stonier  EWHC 2796 (Ch)] and misfeasance and wrongful trading claims against company directors [Power v Hodges  BPIR 162], acting for the bank in a claim relating to duties of disclosure on a without notice freezing injunction [Cole v National Westminster Bank  EWHC 992 (Ch)] and the interface between regulatory duties and enforceability of contracts under sections 19 and 26 of FSMA 2000 on Regulated Mortgage Contracts [Personal Touch Financial Services Ltd v Simplysure Ltd  EWCA Civ 461].
Also in the Court of Appeal providing guidance on the extent of an “all monies” guarantee [National Merchant Buying Society v Bellamy  EWCA Civ 452] and collateral warranties [Thinc Group v Armstrong  EWCA Civ 1127] and penalties in contempt proceedings for breach freezing injunctions [Thursfield v Thursfield  EWCA Civ 840].
In addition, Andrew acted in the Gibraltar Supreme Court in relation to a claim on a personal guarantee for 8.5M euros.
Andrew is also an experienced mediator and arbitrator who is regularly instructed in cases involving international arbitration and mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as expert determination. He is currently instructed in a £13million claim for deceit and conspiracy to defraud a FTSE 100 company which involves a freezing and search and seize injunction.
Recently, Andrew has been variously described in the legal directories as:
“…Recognised for his commercial chancery litigation work, which covers issues relating to mortgages, fiduciary obligation, breach of trust and negligence … He is extremely good with clients … Successfully acted [in the Court of Appeal] for the National Merchant Buying Society in a case where a former company director was found to be liable under a personal guarantee made to a creditor in relation to debts due by the company.” and
“Has a complex caseload with a focus on finance and contract disputes. He is particularly praised for his abilities in managing clients … He has an affable manner, both in advocacy and in conferences … He was instructed to act for a defendant in a claim brought by two former shareholders for £1.5 million each.” and “… accomplished in areas of chancery work, including commercial disputes. He is frequently instructed on cases with cross-border elements…” and
“Noted for his financial services expertise. He also has a well-regarded chancery practice … He builds up a good rapport and works well with clients.” “He is proactive in helping to drive matters forward.” “Andrew Maguire picks things up quickly” and is “a reliable source of sensible commercial advice.”
Instructing solicitors say “he’s very good at weighing up the pros and cons for the client’s business.” “Maguire was recently involved in a complex EUR3.5 million distribution rights dispute between Portuguese automotive supplier Sunviauto, French parent company Faurecia and its Midlands-based British subsidiary.”
Appointments & Memberships
- Gibraltar Bar (2014)
- Northern Ireland Bar (2011)
- Speaker on Bar Council Business Development Trip to Beijing and Tianjin, China (2011)
- Mentor on Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme for Chinese Lawyers (2010)
- Inner Temple Pegasus Scholar (Bermuda and USA)
- Accredited Commercial Mediator
- Chancery Bar Association
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Commercial Law Bar Association
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
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Areas of Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Commercial & Chancery
- Financial Services
- Law In Sport
- Pensions & Trusts
- Private Client
- Professional Negligence
“He’s got an exceptionally good way with lay clients. He’s quite fearless and commercially very realistic.” Chancery, Chambers & Partners 2017
“One of the most people-friendly and commercially aware barristers out there. His ability to communicate at any level sets him apart. Attentive and responsive with clients: he always adds value.” Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers & Partners 2017
“…A respected senior junior with a strong commercial chancery practice. He is commonly instructed in disputes relating to mortgages, fiduciary obligations, negligence and breach of trust.” “He’s very good with clients and always willing to go the extra mile.”
Chancery, Chambers UK Bar Guide 2016
“Noted for his strength in representing clients in the financial services sector. His practice encompasses property and professional negligence litigation, as well as cases concerning breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty.” “A passionate and very intelligent advocate who is tactically astute and really gets behind your case. He’s very personable and extremely good with clients.”
Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers UK Bar Guide 2016
“Committed advocate who reads a situation well.”
Commercial, Banking and Insolvency, Legal 500 2016